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Hypothetical question re Cat D


Dave Woodward
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If you find a barn find that is full of rust, no sills or floor pans etc and do a complete rebuild on it you are able to re-register that vehicle.   

If you find a classic Cat D and perform a similar fully documented role, can you do the same?  I suspect not as the insurance companies will already have paid out on the vehicle but given the cost and effort to bring the vehicle back to it’s former glory, is this an option?

No specific car in mind, just pondering. 

Dave. 

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Roger King
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No idea about the Cat D, Dave, but I suspect not - or it would be tricky at best.  And it will forever have a Cat D history, which will affect value.

The first question is easy, I've done it 5 or 6 times now... if you have the V5C, all you have to do once you've finished the restoration is MOT it.  And if it's MOT exempt, you might not even have to do that - but if it's been off the road for a long time, DVLA might ask for a 'discretionary' MOT.  I've had this once or twice.  If you haven't got a V5C, it gets more difficult.  If it's a UK car and you can prove date of manufacture, chassis number that ties in with documentation etc. you will have a struggle but should ultimately succeed with the help of the relevant owners' club.  If it's an imported wreck, and you have no ID papers or a NOVA form, pretty much forget it.

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Dave Woodward
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Thanks Roger. I thought that would be the case. 

Seems a bit disproportionate that you can rebuild a car based on little more than a chassis plate as a starting point, but can’t do the same with a Cat D salvage. 

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Dave Woodward
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BTW, my first point wasn’t so much a question as a statement as I know you have been down that path with minimal starting material 😜.  My second point was the real question 🙂 . 

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Roger King
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@woodward289

Well, you can't return a Cat D car to the road - because there's no such thing anymore.  Cat D has become Cat N - don't ask, no idea - but it's the same thing, a car that hasn't suffered structural damage, but some safety-critical components may require replacement.  If properly repaired, it can be returned to the road.  But it will most likely be more expensive to insure than a non-Cat N example, and will be worth less (probably quite a lot less) when you want to sell.

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Okay, come on, what have you got in mind? 🤔😊

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